International Logistics

International Logistics

Logistics news, intelligence and analysis about the various components of the international logistics supply chain; including warehousing and distribution centers, refrigerated supply chains (“the cold chain”), advanced logistics technologies, and third-party logistics (“3PL”) providers around the world. Extensive coverage of companies in the JOC’s Top 50 Global Logistics listings, including DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, CH Robinson, DSV, XPO Logistics, UPS Supply Chain, CEVA Logistics, Expeditors International and JB Hunt. [as ranked in the 2017 list, published in 2018]. Looking to the future, major global logistics firms are continuing to make significant investments in upgrading their technological platforms, so they can match the needs of shippers with the specialized capabilities of carriers. The major motivations for the adoption of new technologies continue to be a need to increase efficiency and lower costs despite the growing demands of customers for higher levels of customer service. JOC regularly publishes updated rankings of the major international logistics providers in terms of revenues.

News & Analysis

11 Dec 2019
The second-largest US LTL carrier has completed its AOBRD to ELD conversion, and now looks to expand the integration of its ELDs with other technologies, including geofencing.
Gary Cohn, TPM20 Keynote Speaker
11 Dec 2019
Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump and former president of Goldman Sachs, was named as the opening keynote speaker of the 20th TPM, the world’s largest container trade conference, organized by IHS Markit.
11 Dec 2019
Chicago-based startup Transship is teaming with TradeLens and other tech companies to create an automated shipping and forwarding platform for containerized perishables shipments.
10 Dec 2019
Trucking marketplace provider NEXT Trucking is offering BCOs a way to manage and predict fees associated with chassis management at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
10 Dec 2019
DB Schenker will use a Dutch startup to provide container line schedules to enable the German 3PL’s digital quoting and booking tools, pressing home the need for digital procurement platforms to have good underlying schedule data.
10 Dec 2019
Drewry's Martin Dixon discussed this year's research into use of smart devices within the maritime container equipment fl
06 Dec 2019
The world’s largest container line is headlong into a business transformation that’s highly visible, partly of its own doing and partly due to the increased scrutiny such a change by a market leader brings.
06 Dec 2019
India-based Allcargo has taken a controlling stake in domestic express leader Gati, a move that signals Allcargo is looking to diversify beyond its core ocean transportation business and reshape the country’s logistics space.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
03 Dec 2019
Cass Information Systems is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance its benchmark truckload and intermodal pricing indexes, and explore new data opportunities.
02 Dec 2019
Austin-based technology company Shipwell has in the past been dubbed a freight marketplace, a broker, and a software provider, but bolstered by a large funding round in October, the company is focusing on automation and connectivity for shippers.
27 Nov 2019
Sponsored: CAI Logistics's Rick Onken discusses the art of high-touch customer solutions for high tech, data-driven solutions, the benefits of single point of contact support, and industry challenges for 2020.
26 Nov 2019
SaaS tools in the international logistics space have been relatively underfunded compared to other models, like digital freight forwarders and marketplaces, but investment in Seattle-based Logixboard could signal investors are ready for more pure software-based plays.
26 Nov 2019
An array of ocean freight portals, mostly developed by tech startups, have entered the Indian freight landscape in recent years, trumpeting pricing transparency and shipment visibility. But they have much ground to gain to seriously challenge traditional players.
25 Nov 2019
JOC LogTech19 panel recap on technology investment disconnects as well as possibilities for smoothing the freight interchange between international and domestic modes.
25 Nov 2019
Stakeholders in the Indian freight industry generally agree that digitization plays a role in improving transparency, but say a more coordinated effort at the human level is needed to fix many of the things ailing trade development in the region.
22 Nov 2019
The Indian government has proposed selling a significant portion of its holdings in the country’s containerized transport sector, and railway Concor could be an attractive target for potential investors.
21 Nov 2019
Harmonizing Zeamarine's liner and tramp services is high on new regional director's list of priorities.
21 Nov 2019
A truckers strike in Bangladesh ended after just 24 hours, but shippers were forced to pay higher truck rates amid the logjam of goods that had piled up in just one day.
20 Nov 2019
JOC Container Trade Europe 2019 Day 1 Keynote Speaker Marc Meier discusses the opportunities that global container freight movement presents in its very complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. Meier, managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn, describes navigating the changing perception of freight forwarder value, compression of rates, and IMO 2020 uncertainty.
19 Nov 2019
Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators Inc., on his Intro to Logistics session at TPM 2020, Sunday, 03 March 2019.
19 Nov 2019
The acquisition of Emergent Cold gives US-based Lineage Logistics greater access to Asian markets and facilities at three US ports.
19 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh are warning that an imminent strike by truck and van drivers will paralyze commerce by disrupting the movement of import and export goods.
18 Nov 2019
Shippers and logistics providers are finding it difficult to secure refrigerated warehousing around the Port of New York and New Jersey as consumer demand for food and perishables sold via e-commerce increases.
14 Nov 2019
"There's a growing appetite to re-evaluate the buying-selling relationship," in freight contracting, says Xeneta CEO Patr
14 Nov 2019
Carolyn Glynn, director, imports, Sealink International provides a recap of the JOC LogTech19 Conference panel on automation of freight procurement, the question of contracts that don't hold carriers to their allocation commitment, and how this movement will change the very meaning of procurement.
12 Nov 2019
India’s JNPT, responding to feedback from exporters, has set up a scheduled intermodal rail service to connect export cargo from a key inland container depot in the state of Punjab.
12 Nov 2019
Through a partnership with the software provider BlueX Trade, the Taiwan-based container carrier will allow shippers and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to book space digitally “within minutes,” the companies said Tuesday.
11 Nov 2019
A shortage of truck drivers in Japan that is causing severe delays in cargo movements will become even more of a problem as next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo approach, stakeholders warn.
08 Nov 2019
A shift to time-based truckload rates will come, eventually, as electronic logging and detention disputes reshape supply chains, a TIA report finds.
08 Nov 2019
A single insolvency among smaller independent freight payment vendors can lead shippers to retreat to bank-backed service providers.
07 Nov 2019
DHL Forwarding has been trialing a blockchain-based system of producing invoices for one-off non-contractual shipments with its customer Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
06 Nov 2019
A deal between India and Bangladesh is designed to open more inland waterway routes, furthering developing coastal trade.
06 Nov 2019
Shipment management software provider CargoSmart has tested a connection between a Hong Kong banking platform and shipment data provided by terminals and container lines to speed approval of trade finance processes and expand the range of shippers who can receive financing services.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Logistics service providers need to understand that cargo owners are expecting the visibility of Amazon packages for their freight, said Michelle Gaubert, director, CyberLogitec America.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: What keeps shippers up at night? Kuehne + Nagel's EVP Otto Schacht discusses customer concerns around fuel pricing and availability with the approaching IMO 2020 low-sulfur regulation, freight rate market fluctuations, the future of contracting, and the e-commerce impact on predictability expectations.